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The Ramadan preliminary is called &t;The Deeds of David's Mother&t;. It is intended to prepare worshippers so that they may be receptive to the barakat that is said to flow in abundance in the month of Ramadan. It is not among the obligatory rituals, but it is highly recommended by the prayer book &t;Keys to Paradise&t; as being particularly meritorious. Those attending the ceremony should ideally be fasting and before arrival, they should have performed the major ritual ablutions. The ritual that the author attended was presided over by Mrs Omid and consisted of extensive recitations from the Qurʾan and the prayer book Mafatih-al-Janan. Various supplications from the prayer book followed. One, called 'The Deeds of David's Mother', after which the ritual is named, is said to have restored the sight of David after his mother recited the verses.

Keywords: barakat; Mafatih-al-Janan; Qurʾan; Ramadan preliminary

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